Door-to-door visits to make sure you can vote and have your say

Posted on: 18 October 2018

Council representatives are about to start knocking on doors across North Devon to remind residents they need to register to vote.

Starting next week (Friday 26 October) representatives from North Devon Council will be calling at households who have not yet returned their household enquiry forms. Residents will be asked to confirm the details of every person who should be on the register of electors who lives at the property.

The register is a list of people who are eligible to vote in the North Devon area. This list is updated throughout the year to remove people who no longer live in the area or add people who have reached voting age or moved into North Devon.

Electoral Services Manager, Judith Dark, said: “It’s really important to make sure the electoral register is kept up to date, if your details aren’t correct, you won’t be able to vote in upcoming elections.

“To make sure the register is up to date we need to know if you change address or change your name. All of our representatives will be carrying ID and will be working mainly in the evenings and at weekends. If you’re at all worried, you can call us to check their identity.”

Everyone who is 16 years of age and over, resident in the UK, a UK citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Irish Republic, a citizen of the European Union (EU), not legally excluded from voting should be on the electoral register.

Door to door visits will be carried out throughout November. Always ask to see identification. If in doubt, call North Devon Council on 01271 388277 (or 01271 388240 out of hours) to check the identification.

Further information about registering to vote as well as voting and elections can be found on the council website www.northdevon.gov.uk/elections.

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